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Another day with bluebird blue skies and cold temperatures. It started quietly with a good breakfast and a brisk dog walk.

Carl joined Ken later in the day to prepare the big bonfire. The pine tree that fell across our road on Thanksgiving provided most of the wood and some pallets held it all together. There were sparklers and smoke bombs added for more visual appeal. Sky was skeptical about the whole process. Why on earth would we want to burn up all of those good sticks?

We had a regular campfire early in the evening so people could keep warm while waiting for the New Year. Everyone took turns at making ‘stick people’ out of real sticks, twine and a little wire as needed. The stick figures were hung from the bonfire in preparation to ward off any evil lurking in wait for 2017.

Dogs were sent inside and the fire was lit at 10 pm. It was a great success, starting slowly and then engulfing the pine, sending up great clouds of sparks. Gradually it collapsed on itself leaving a massive pile of hot coals that kept us warm til well into the early morning hours of 2017.

Happy New Year!

It was cold and clear for the New Years Eve Celebration and holiday. Single digit cold temperatures. We didn’t let that stop us from celebrating the end of 2014 and the start of the new year. We had a party with a few good friends and a great bonfire and some sledding too. The next day there was a nice hike in the hills with friends and dogs after visiting with Mary Ann’s donkeys. At night we had the moon and stars and during the day, bluebird skies. I don’t think we ever complained too much about the cold.

What’s a New Years Eve party without a campfire and some fireworks and other fun? Several good friends joined us to ring in 2014 last night with good food, warm fires, some alcohol, dogs and music too! We started inside with food and beer and wine and moved outside to a campfire with some music, s’mores, more to drink and a few bottle rockets. Later, when we determined that it was 2014 somewhere, maybe not here, we started the big New Years Pyre. And we turned it into a sacrifice to the snow gods. Someone said that Ullr (I need to look this up) is the winter god and if we could appease him, maybe, just maybe and if we did a snow dance too, maybe we would get some snow. Soon. We hope. So Ken added an old classic three pin binding ski to the pyramid shaped pyre that also had some sparklers and other pyrotechnics. As we watched it all go up in flames, we shared a big bottle of champagne and our fine friendships and looked forward to 2014 with optimistic anticipation.

This wooden fish was created for a salmon celebration last fall with the idea that it would be burned at the end of the event. Folks would write wishes and send them into the flames with the fish. For various reasons, the fish was not burned so it has spent the last few months gracing the drive where its artist lives. In the rain and snow and intense sunshine, and most recently decorated with a Santa hat, it awaited its fate.

The artist and another friend delivered it to our house yesterday. Ken assisted the artist as the bonfire was assembled in the fish and around it in the cold daylight. I went skiing. Bought groceries. Ken went for beer. I made some turkey noodle soup.

Friends began to arrive by car and on foot around six. Lots of finger food was shared. Champagne. A campfire was started. Small fireworks were lit with the occasional BIG boom reverberating over the valley floor. Dogs, our three and three or four more, were kept inside with music to mask the noise. There was eggnog made from scratch. Deep, dark, moist gingerbread that matched very well with stout from the local Pub.

10:00 was the appointed hour. Not midnight. Somewhere during the evening someone stuffed the fish with sparklers and other small fireworks.

 At 10:00 pm, New Years Eve 2011, the fish was lit using only a simple lighter. No gas. It started slowly and soon there were fireworks illuminating the scene in neon colors. Eventually the entire fish was engulfed and then the tail and adipose fin disapeared. As the structure began to collapse into its own embers, the spawning fish dance began. It didn’t last long.

And then there was just another campfire and folks began to go inside for more food and eggnog and live music til midnight when the big fireworks were lit!

As one person is quoted as saying, ‘It was an innocent gathering of friends’.














Getting a light for some more fireworks


The spawn til ya die dance




Happy New Year! Here’s to 2012!



It was zero or below for New Years in the Methow. That didn’t stop this party!
Luna, always ready for a party
New Years Eve Party at below zero!

I always wondered why they were called bottle rockets.
New Years Eve Party at below zero!

New Years Eve Party at below zero!

This had to be dug out of two feet of snow before we could have a campfire!
New Years Eve Party at below zero!

After midnight
New Years Eve Party at below zero!

The morning after
New Years Eve Party at below zero!

New Years Eve Party at below zero!
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